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Bulldogs pull snow job

January 17, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Thank goodness Christmas is over.

Because if Martinsburg girls basketball coach Don Bullett heard the carol "Let It Snow," no one would be surprised if he would double dribble his radio.

Even though his No. 5 Bulldogs plowed through Woodrow Wilson 66-56 Saturday afternoon, the frightful weather outside took Bullett and his team away from the delightful confines of the school gym for the past two days - and it showed.

"You just cannot give people two or three days off," Bullett said after his team committed 31 turnovers and had fits on the boards against the smaller Eagles. "We just didn't take care of the ball and made a lot of mistakes. That's gonna happen with no practice."


For the first two possessions, Martinsburg (6-2) looked like it had been practicing for years. LaToya Parks took the first pass and canned a 14-foot jumper, and Maggie Robinson stole the ball on Beckley's first possession. She missed the layup on the other end, but Kristen Lough followed up for a 4-0 lead in 27 seconds.

After that, it was a struggle. The Eagles (4-5) dominated the weak-side boards and busted the Bulldogs' press well in the first half and made them pay - sort of. Woodrow Wilson, from Beckley, W.Va., went to line 14 times in the first half, but made only four, and trailed by just seven at the break.

"They weren't very big, but they were quick, and they could throw over the top of our press," Bullett said. "But when Maggie picked it up, we did a little better."

Robinson was up for the whole game. She went 11-for-19 - the first three off offensive rebounds - and finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven steals in an overall outstanding game.

"She can beat you in a lot of different ways," Bullett said. "She handles the ball well, she plays good defense, and she can get to the boards."

Martinsburg pushed the lead to 19 in the first five minutes of the third quarter, but Beckley closed back to 12. Then Robinson slammed the door, scoring three straight baskets and making a steal that led to another in a 1:20 span to push the lead back to 18.

"We played well in spurts, but we're just glad to get this out of our system," Bullett said. "I'm looking forward to Monday, but I don't think they are."

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